Callan - Tommy hits the jackpot

BIG CHEQUE FOR MR MACKEY - The John Lockes GAA club lotto threw up another big jackpot winner

BIG CHEQUE FOR MR MACKEY - The John Lockes GAA club lotto threw up another big jackpot winner

last week with a nice cheque for €5,600 been picked up. The lucky recipient was Tommy Mackey

of Edmund Rice Estate. Tommy has being purchasing his John Lockes Lotto tickets for the past two

years through the same promoter who happens to be his wife Margaret. Margaret sells an average

of four lotto books a week for the John Lockes which is a wonderful contribution to raising funds

for the club. As Tommy’s daughter Majella Phelan said ‘her dad never won anything in his life and

this win was a wonderful boost’. The John Lockes have now had four large jackpot winners since the

lotto started two years ago as well as many weekly prize winners. The four jackpots have in total

brought over €16,000 in prize funds to people in Callan which certainly out strips all other draws in

the area. The lotto to date has raised nearly €50,000 towards the John Lockes building fund with

most of the contributions coming from the Callan area. The big win by Tommy is very timely as the

club will be putting an even bigger push to get more people to join the lotto and in turn everyone

will be contributing toward the wonderful facility that is near completion at John Locke Park. One

ticket per week costs €2 and with fifty draws per year it means each person who buys a ticket is

contributing €100 per year. That is a contribution that is valued very much by the club but the john

Lockes more people to buy a ticket per week, or allow for a standing order to be set up where €25

per quarter is debited from an account or perhaps if you want to contribute €10 every five weeks

the club will welcome that. Whatever way you want to pay the club will be very appreciative. Just

look at Tommy Mackey and remember his €2 per week has given him a wonderful prize. Who knows

it could be you next week or next month.

EAMONN RIS BOYS HEADING TO AFRICA - Easter 2014 may seem a long time away but when you

need to raise €30,000 for a trip that will no doubt be life changing and fulfilling experience. Raising

money as we all know is not easy at present, so ten Collaiste Eamonn Ris lads and three teachers

have already started on the long road to achieving that magical target that will fund a hugely

educational trip to Zambia. Already they have had bag packs at Super Valu Callan and a bucket

collection at the National League game at Nowlan Park over the Saint Patricks Bank Holiday weekend

and received wonderful support from the public. The boys will participate in the Edmund Rice

Zambia Immersion programme which will certainly be a real eye opener for the Eamonn Ris lads.

By ‘being with’ with a local community in Zambia and reflecting on that experience in

the light of the Gospel message and the life of Edmund Rice, our students and teachers will have

opportunities to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith, to grow in their own sense

of God and to increase their commitment and capacity to work for real change in the world. The

teachers and students are all drawn from local parishes and their fundraising will bring them cross

parish’s as well as across the Kilkenny/Tipperary boarder in an effort to hit the magical €30kThe

teachers and students travelling to Zambia are Mr. Canice Hickey, Dunamaggin, Mr. Thomas Butler,

Tullaroan, and Mr. Martin Walsh, Tullaroan and students Philip Cahill, Kilmanagh, Aaron Lawlor,

Kilmanagh, Keith Fitzpatrick, Callan, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Callan,Dylan Kavanagh, Callan,Daragh O Shea,

Windgap, Oisin Teppan, Grangemockler, Ciarán Phelan, Grangemockler, Pádraig Dunne Anderson,

Grangemockler and Seán Murphy Grangemockler. The boys will keep a journal of their journey and

on return we will publish the details here in the Callan notes. We will follow their progress with

interest here in the notes and also cover it on Facebook and Twitter and also post progress on the

John Lockes website.

JOHN LOCKES - The John Lockes got back to training on St. Patricks morning under new manager

Cathal Fitzgerald along with his selectors for the season Sean Hogan and Derek Holden. Twenty lads

took to the field along with injuries Michael Roche and Sean Tierney watching from the side lines.

Senior lads like John O’Neill and JP Corcoran and the not as senior Paddy Kennedy led the way in

training and they are three lads who are an example to all young guys, they are passionate about

their hurling and about the Lockes jersey and will be the driving force yet again this year. Also back

are lads like Shane ‘Shef’ Bergin, Eoghan Fahey and Bill McCormack is back in the Lockes jersey and

the club also welcomes new man Jim Power. A number of players were away for the weekend and

others are still involved in soccer activities. The first competitive game of the season is next Sunday

at Ipm in Mullinavat in the Special Junior ‘B’ league. Its not an ideal day or time as it clashes with the

Kilkenny/Clare game in Ennis but the times are set so the game will have to be played. The junior’s

first competitive game is on Easter weekend when the Lockes take on Tullaroan. Even though it is

Tullaroans second string team they are always a tough nut to crack, but the Lockes will be hoping to

get off to a winning start.

DAVID BRYAN LIVES HIS DREAM - You all know David Bryan from West Street the lad that loves his

hurling and of course the John Lockes and Kilkenny hurling. Well David got to live his dream last

Monday before the National Hurling league game between Kilkenny and Waterford. David works

at SOS on the Callan Road and every so often some of the workers are given a project to shadow

someone in their job. Well when David’s turn came there was only one person he wanted to shadow

and that was Kilkenny team manager Brian Cody. David adores Mr.Cody and boy did David live his

dream last Monday as Brian brought him into the sacred sanctum of the Kilkenny dressing room to

meet the Kilkenny senior team. David was introduced to all the lads and was charged with the job of

handing out the jerseys individually to the players. He then got to pose for photographs with some

of the team. David was beside himself with delight when he met up with his mother Joan and Dad

Harry later in the Old Stand. A big thanks goes to John English who helped to organise this task for

David a task he would do every day.

CALLAN UNITED - Tournament Success - There was a great turnout last Saturday at midday for the

annual Babby Fitzgerald tournament. All men old and young took part in the fun and there were 3 teams Mickeys, The Cosy and The Charter House. Mickeys beating the Cosy in the final 4-2. There

was a great turnout and Callan United would like to thank everyone for their continued support

especially Paul and Yvonne Roche of premium meats. The club would like to wish them the best in

there new shop in West-Court Business Park Callan. A donation will be made to Mount Carmel now

for a day trip for the patients.

DARTS - There will be a darts tournament in the Cosy Inn on Sunday 24th March.

It is a singles tournament so come along everyone and play. First match is scheduled for 2:30pm.

Free finger food for everyone. Entry fee €10. All proceeds go to Callan United soccer club. For more

information contact Micky Brennan on 0858063146.

SOCCER - The under 14’s drew 0-0 with Freshford Town last Saturday. John Morrissey was among the

chances for Callan and Lee Thornton had a solid performance in the goal. It was a Great result for

the lads considering Freshford are unbeaten. Well done lads. The men’s team set off to Urlingford

Sunday morning in search of back to back wins and it exactly what was delivered winning 3-1. Simon

Burke, Miney Dunne and the youngest man on the field Ryan Bergin were on the score sheet. Great

win boys keep it up

MACRA - Callan Macra men’s soccer team are in the county final against Mullinavat with the

hope of retaining their title. They put in some strong performances in last Fridays final round blitz

and are hoping this will stand to them. The ladies team were unlucky and got pipped at the post

in the end by an impressive Mullinavat ladies team. Callan Macra will host a quiz in the Callan golf

club on the 13th of April where Callan Co-Op will be presenting the club with a new set of jerseys.

The club really appreciate the Co-Op’s continuous support Brendan Phelan, Callan and Kilkenny’s

representative in this year’s Mister Personality organised a hike up Brandon Hill last bank holiday

Monday. Along with him was a huge crowd and in turn raised plenty of funds.

CAMOGIE - The club will hold its agm on Thursday 21st March in the

Droichead family resource centre at 7.30pm. All parents and trainers are asked to attend.

MEMORIAL MASS - The War of Independence Memorial Committee host their annual Easter Monday

Mass in Westcourt Callan on Monday the 1st of April at 7.30pm. All are very welcome.

MOUNT CARMEL - Results of Mount Carmel Draw for March, €200 Eugene O Donovan Clashacollaire,

€100 Mary Marnell Pollough, €100 Declan Twomey c/o Bea O Donovan, €30 each Mary & Ml

Egan Kilkenny Rd. Margaret Morris Callan, Laurie Grace Callan, Phil Hogan TD, Jennifer McCarthy

Ballywalters. Mary Hilda Cavanaugh Kky Co Co. Michael Lynch Scaugh, Ann Lanigan Graiguehayden,

Martina Foley Springmount and Pat Foran Scaugh. Next draw is on March 27th at 8 o clock.

BRIDGE - On the charity night a total of 680 euro was raised for Cariow Kilkenny Home Care Team.

Results of the competition: - 1st. Sarah and Joe Meagher. Best gross. Maura O Mahony and Nellie

Lahart. 2nd. Ann Egan and Mary Horgan. 3rd. Mary Comerford and Rita Houlihan.4th. Mary Croke

and Breda Fitzgerald. Sarah Meagher will hold her President’s prize competition on Thursday -draw

for partners at dinner on Sunday in Newpark Hotel at 2pm

HANDBALL - Callan Handball club will hold their Annual General Meeting next Monday night

25th March at Collaiste Eamonn Ris at 8pm. All are welcome to attend.

PATRICKS DAY PARADE - Callan were well represented in this years Saint Patricks Day parade in

Kilkenny City with a very impressive float from KCAT as well as a large number of performers with

one of the most prominent being Podge Norris. The centre piece was a especially built boat for the

parade and really were the most impressive of all the floats presented. Well done to all and well

done Podge you were excellent.

BIG BIRTHDAY - Last week a new pope was introduced to the world and already Pope Francis has

made an impression on everyone, but Callan also had another Francis last week who was celebrating

a special birthday by turning 60 years of age. Frankie Nolan is one of Callan’s great characters and

really enjoyed the fact that the Pope took his Christian name Francis. In fact Frankie has declared

that he would now prefer to be called Francis from now on. Well it is the name he was christened

and having turned sixty he well deserves his proper title. Happy Birthday Francis Nolan, may you

have many more.

COMPUTER COURSE - Once off low cost beginner’s computer course in Droichead

FRC, Callan: Learn to use the internet, email, skype & basic digital photography etc. Classes will cost

ONLY €10 for 5 lessons. Morning and evening courses available. Call 056 77 555 19 ext. 1 to book a


ART - Kids Easter Art Summer Camp will take place on Monday, March 25th for 4 sessions (Mon –

Thurs) from 10am -1pm. This course is aimed at children from 8-12 years old. The course will cost

€50. Please contact Droichead FRC, Callan to book a place.

ADULTS ART COURSE - This course will be held over 5 Tuesday mornings, starting April 9th from

10am -12pm. The project will involve working on a mural using all sorts of fabrics and textures to

create a unique piece of work. Please pay €30 in advance to book your place.

GARDENING - Free Composting & wildlife Gardening talk: A composting expert will provide

information on how to community compost, home compost and give tips on how to attract wildlife

into your garden. This will take place on Monday, March 25th from 10am – 1pm in Droichead FRC, Callan.

CREATIVE WRITING - Volunteers wanted to set up a creative writing group or a book club in

Droichead FRC. Please call Brid on 056 77 555 19 Ext. 2 if you are interested.